small-scale farming

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on organic production of tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes in organic systems. The Center is one of two organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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The E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit, one of two organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system, has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. Research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture.

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The Plant Science Research Center is one of two research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that have certified organic research plots and that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.  The Center conducts research on organic transplants, vegetable crops and microgreens.

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The Cabrillo College Horticulture Organic Farm provides hands-on training and theory in Best Management Practices, including small- or large-scale organic farming and even conventional farming.

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Two research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system have certified organic research plots that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture. The Plant Science Research Center on the Auburn University campus conducts research on organic transplants, vegetable crops and microgreens.

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The 1.2 acre Pomona College Organic Farm serves as a site for hands-on education in "various methods of small-scale ecological farming." Students, faculty and staff use the farm for academic studies and have conducted research for thesis projects on sustainability. The farm hosts local school groups and community tours, and offers workshops and events for community members.

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The College of the Extended University at Cal Poly partnered with Archi's Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (AISA), also know as Archi's Acres to offer a six-week Sustainable Agriculture Training (SAT) certificate program. Upon completion, students also earn 12-semester units of academic credit at Cal Poly State Polytechnic University - Pomona.

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The school emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Its intensive three-day course provides a "realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-scale produce operation." Topics covered include: business and marketing, soil fertility, crop production, pest and disease management, equipment and labor needs.

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